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Adobe MAX 2010 follow-up links and resource downloads

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Here are various updates and downloads to which I referred during the Adobe MAX 2010 conference this week.  Soon, I plan to have another post where I review things and include funny stories about the life of a traveling Handbill Delivery Device Salesman.

@phillip Puzzle Page winner:
After about 5 months and 3000 puzzle pages delivered (see “Puzzle Page Printed”), I finally did the drawing and Ian Topping won!  Congratulations and incase anyone (justifiably) feels like they want proof–here’s a clip I filmed in public after the drawing:

(download) Thinking in ActionScript Slides:
I did an authorized conventional break-out session for Adobe Max on Monday October 25th at 5pm.  Good time to get some Zss–which of course I don’t take offense to (like I would if it were one of my regular students).   I got the ratings from the evaluations (just the numbers–not the written comments).  The average was above 4/5!  That’s the best I’ve gotten so far at a MAX (people are usually brutal with me–which, I respect… though honestly it’s mainly the written comments that I value most… and I haven’t seen yet).  In any event–thanks for turning them in!  I had 87 people actually fill out the evaluation which is great.  Alas, I’m still not rated a “Max Master” like R Blank (who was quick to send me his evals to prove he retains this rating).

Anyway… here are two links:
A pdf of all the slides
An interactive .swf (though, you may not know which things are interactive–which is why I made the .pdf too)

Novelty “Reserved” Placecards
These were a lot of fun though some people didn’t realize how much fun… I ran out of all of them (except “in search of Director users”).  The “Jaded CF Programmers ONLY” (sic on the oxymoron) went the fastest… “Rejected CF Programmers ONLY” when second fastest.  But, anyway, just print the link below and cut them out–use card stock for a more effective joke.  Requires no comedic training and can be a load of fun.

Download the pdf of Novelty Reserved Placecards

Finally, in case you didn’t catch my act… or you saw one of the more-bad ones… here’s a “less bad” one that I recorded:
Also available at the handy url:

ActionScript Hero interview of my at Flash and the City

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Includes hints for @phillip’s Puzzle Page:

@phillip’s Puzzle Page is printed!

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

For well over a decade I’ve been producing printed handbills.  Starting with years of the all text, very dense, “The Phillip Newsletter”.  It would have hidden puzzles once in a while but it was very dry overall.  I produced a Wanted Poster a couple years ago as my first venture in graphic color printing.  That was followed by the old timey style true handbill.

Naturally, there’s a good chance you have one or more of these artifacts!

Anyway, that last handbill was never mailed or stacked for people to pick up, but always handed by me personally.  Well, nearly 100% of the 3000 I estimate I handed out.

My latest printed item is the @phillip’s Puzzle Page where you have a chance to win CS5 Master Collection.  (Because of past behaviors I now need to clarify that, in fact, this is a real contest and you really can win your choice of CS5 for mac or windows…. totally legit.)

So, anyway, you can TRY to do the puzzle page from the soft version below.  I really have to be clear that I don’t believe it’s very easy to solve all the questions without having a properly printed version.  However, I will also say the puzzles aren’t terribly difficult and they are all very do-able.  They’re not arbitrary.  And, now that I’ve handed out about 300 I can safely say there’s nothing of significance that I’ve discovered that make these puzzles unclear or unfair. I’m not changing anything if I have to print more.

By the way, thanks to Influxis and for sponsoring my handbill!

>>>> Here’s a PDF if you missed the link above: @phillip’s Puzzle Page

…and, a printing sample:

@phillip's puzzle page print sample

@phillip's puzzle page print sample

Videos to help learn AS3 (and programming) concepts

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

I’m developing online versions of my ActionScript 3 courses at PCC.  If for no other reason than to provide a distraction that keeps me motivated, I’ve also begun to produce videos to help understand a few concepts.  The first two are linked below–the first should help students break their programming task down into small steps when they answer “What do you want to do and when do you want to do it?”.  The second simply helps you memorize the convention that instance names begin with lowercase and class names begin with uppercase.  More to come!

Adobe MAX 2009 (My session links)

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Here are links to my presentation recordings and promised downloads.  It’s also all listed at

AS3: Tastes Good and is Good for You Too!

session recording

session recording (tv.adobe) (and below)

whole thing (presentation, script, and downloads)

Just downloads

Video Production on the Cheap (FITC Unconference):

on youtube (in three parts)

Lee’s Office Space

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Here we’re given a rare glimpse at Adobe evangelist Lee Brimelow actually working!

mr. Monk and the Dead Drop

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Amazing how fast something as seemingly innocuous as Lee Brimelow’s “Dead Drop” can get so out of hand:

Naturally, this video is not an entry into the #whymax contest.

FITC Awards Show (part 1)

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Thanks to Jerry Chabolla and Rick Mason for the footage.  This is just the first set (of 3 awards).  More to come:

Videos from FITC Awards Show

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I had a blast doing the FITC Awards Show this year–I’ll post a compilation of video clips of the live event (and intersperse the full clips).   In the meantime, here’s a playlist of the introductions and interstitials.  They’re a little out of context in this form–but more soon: